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Definition of Wanton


  1. Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive.
  2. Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute.
  3. Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
  4. Reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief.
  5. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment.
  6. One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
  7. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
  8. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
  9. To sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously.
  10. To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.

Wanton Quotations

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
William Shakespeare

A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.
Thomas More

Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
Noam Chomsky

Dictators cause the world's worst problems: all the collapsed states, and all the devastated economies. All the vapid cases of corruption, grand theft, and naked plunder of the treasury are caused by dictators, leaving in their wake trails of wanton destruction, horrendous carnage and human debris.
George Ayittey

Indeed, I was so afraid to dishonour my friends and family by my indiscreet actions, that I rather chose to be accounted a fool, than to be thought rude or wanton.
Margaret Cavendish
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